Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook Kindle Edition
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The Pennsylvania Dutch culture is one that can only be experienced first hand and like many cultures, it revolves around food. My parents' families were quite large and my memories of them are just as grandois. Every Sunday, after Mass, we would gather at my father's "homestead", where Gramma G would serve breakfast; the kids always prayed she had made her apple cinnamon roles, but were happy to settle for "dippy eggs", venision sausage with toasted home-made bread slathered with her Elderberry Jam. My aunts, uncles and Gramma would sit around the table drinking very strong percolated coffee (we tried to keep Aunt Sis from making it), while the children would be out back gathering apples or elderberries for Gramma to turn into wonderful treats. Besides Gramma G always had a special kid size apple pie hidden away for each of us little ones for when the adults went to their "club" meetings at the end of the meal.
The downside to this upbringing is that many, if not all of the recipes were hand me downs from the prior generation. Measurements like a pinch of salt, a handful of flour or a dabble of butter were common - an actual unit of measurement were in cookbooks (which any self respecting woman would not use - well, unless it was for the church cookbook)!. Children would learn at the stove with Mothers, Aunts and Grandmothers - but lack of attention and wonderful adventures outside pulled us away before we committed the recipes to memory.
I have to say, Kathleen has given the world a wonderful gift; she has managed to combine our hometown heritage and give us those wonderful recipes together in one book. My family recipes have not survived but now I have the means to recreate the meals I grew up with, I hope to impart the memories the food are sure to invoke to my own children.
Kathleen, thank you from the bottom of my heart (or should I say stomach?), for putting this wonderful book together!
While there is not table of contents, it works for this cookbook as it's meant to be read as more of a book rather than a cookbook. You can use the search feature to find recipes or you can leisurely read through the book and use the bookmark feature to save your favorite recipes.
If you want to try some good home cooking you will find the following recipes in this cookbook:
Delicious Mock Pate
Lisa's Party Mix
Mom's Freezer Coleslaw
Gram's Holiday Gelatin Salad
Quick and Easy Fish Chowder
Lisa's Cincinnati Chili
Kale or other Green's Soup
recipes more easily. I love the fact that there is family history intertwined with the recipes and the recipes reminded me of those I grew up with. Some of the recipes I have forgotten and it was good to be reminded and also have a written recipe. There are also recipes that I never heard of but sound very interesting and like something I would be interested in. What a privilege to grow up in such a close knit family and be surrounded by such wonderful food. It is a luxury that many people, especially today, don't realize they are missing out on. Hopefully this book and others will entice younger people to experience the joys of cooking and baking and bring their families back to the table. Families connecting around the table is the best place for them to be and what makes a house a home. I loved this book and encourage all those who love to cook and read cookbooks or know someone who they would like to encourage to spend more time in the kitchen, purchase this book.
I picked up this book randomly as a free Kindle download and struck gold! The book contains all manner of recipes from relishes and sauces to main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and even homemade sausages! With blog excerpts to illustrate not just recipes, but an entire lifestyle from a timeless piece of America, this cookbook is an absolute MUST HAVE for any kitchen. After reading through this book, I found myself wishing I had grown up in her family! Such amazing people!
I have bookmarked numerous recipes to try and I cannot wait!
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